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FAQ

Booking

Where are you located?

The Torchbearer is at 755 Westminster St. in Providence R.I.

What are your hours?

We are open Tuesday-Saturday of every week from 12:00-8:00 PM. 

Do you take walk-ins?

Yes, we take walk-ins every day that we are open. Feel free to come by!

How do I book an appointment?

You can book an appointment by contacting the artist of your choice or calling the shop at 401-331-6666.

Do I need to leave a deposit?

Yes, an $80 deposit* is required to make an appointment.  Deposits are non-refundable, but applied to the cost of the tattoo.  Deposits are coordinated directly with the artist.  When you make your appointment, they will instruct you on how they accept payment.

*All appointments made in the month of December will require a $120 deposit. There are two reasons for this. First, we understand how busy the holidays can be and money is always tight. By taking a larger deposit, your payment on the day of your appointment is easier. Second, December tends to be a time of increased cancellations and no shows. This provides the artists with more of a commitment on your part.

What if I need to cancel my appointment?

If you need to cancel your appointment, please email your artist directly 48 hours in advance of your scheduled time.  If you reschedule with more than 48 hours notice, we will apply your deposit to the rescheduled time slot.  If you cancel within 48 hours or do not show, you lose your deposit.

How do I set up time with guest artists?

All guest artists are responsible for setting up their own appointments. It is best to contact them directly.  The contact information for each guest is listed in the Guest Artist section of this site.  You can also sign up for our guest artist mailing list to stay abreast of all upcoming artists.

Process

Do I need to be 18?

YES YES YES!  By state law you need to be 18 years of age or over with a valid form of identification. Driver’s license or passports are good. No library cards, school IDs and no notes from mom. You can NOT have your parents sign for you; you must be 18 or over.

How should I prepare for my tattoo?

Getting tattooed takes a lot out of your body. Be prepared for your appointment by showing up with a full stomach and a good night’s sleep. You are welcome to bring snacks with you to eat during your appointment.  There are vending machines as well as two restaurants in the building:  The Bread Lab and Nosh.

Keep in mind if you are sick, hung over or have no food in you your tattoo experience will not go too well. These things can greatly effect how you deal with the tattoo process. Some days are just not your day to get tattooed.

What else should I know before coming in?

We have the right to refuse service. This means if you come in drunk, rude, or otherwise a problem we can refuse to tattoo you.

All needles are single use only! That means after we use them we dispose of them in a medical sharps container. That container is taken away by a medical recycling company. All our tubes are sterilized in a medical grade autoclave that’s tested monthly for proper operation.

All artists are licensed by the state of Rhode Island.

If you have a latex allergy, please inform us as we have nitrile gloves available.

Longevity

Please be aware that the outcome of your tattoo has a lot to do with how you take care of it. Your artist will provide you with proper aftercare instructions. There are a lot of ways to care for your tattoo this is why we provide two methods. However DO NOT mix and match your aftercare techniques. Follow the steps you are given only. If you feel that you need to alter a step in your aftercare, please contact your artist first. If you deviate from the aftercare instructions we provide, we can cannot guarantee the outcome of your tattoo.

Below you will find two aftercare sheets, one provided by Ron and the other by Chris (list 2 care sheets below as printable pdfs)

Are all people's skin the same?

No, each person is different so their skin varies.  If you spend a lot of time in the sun, have bad acne or take certain medications these can all effect your tattoo. Skin pigmentation is also a factor in your tattoo. The darker your skin, the fewer options you have for color for your tattoo.

Will sun really effect my tattoo?

Yes. The sun will cause your skin to tan and will bleach out the color of your tattoo over time. We understand it’s hard to ask every person to avoid the sun and we know some of you will seek it out. Please realize that this tattoo is yours once you leave the shop and the outcome and longevity rests on your shoulders. Wear a high SPF sunscreen whenever your tattoo is in the sun, but know that your tattoo will still suffer over time with sun exposure.

Can I have a reaction to my tattoo?

Sure. The ink is a foreign body under your skin. This means your body may not love your tattoo as much as you. Is it common to have a reaction? No, but it can happen and you should be aware of it.  If you have a concern, contact your artist.

I want a "watercolor" or a tattoo without an outline, will you do it?

We want to make a tattoo for you that will last a lifetime. A lot of “trendy” tattoo fads look nice fresh but heal poorly. We do not make tattoos that fall part after a few years. A big part of a nice tattoo is contrast in the tattoo. That means too many pastel colors in a tattoo don’t look good. The same can be said for a tattoo with only dark colors. Listen to your artist. The advice they give you is in your best interest.

Do locations affect a tattoo?

Choosing the location of your tattoo is as important as choosing the design. Locations such as arms and legs are pretty straight forward. Your torso will vary in pain and discomfort based on the spot. Areas like the ribs and stomach and lower back are all sensitive spots and should be respected as such. Hands and feet have their own precautions and can require additional healing methods. Locations like fingers, palms and bottoms of feet are areas that will never heal as well as an arm or leg. Keep in mind just because you can tattoo it, doesn’t mean it will look good or heal well.

Please keep in mind you are responsible for the care and longevity of your tattoo. Once you leave the shop we can not take all the responsibility for your tattoo. A tattoo requires your attention and care. If you have any questions, please contact your artist.

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